Here in the United States, the GOP presidential hopefuls are trying to sort out who among them is the "most anti-immigrant" candidate as they attempt to court as many primary voters as possible by appearing compassionate while taking a hard line on the heated issue.
Across the pond, the public discussion of immigration is becoming even more intense, overtly hateful and downright scary: In this recently released video, a white London woman sitting between two Pakistani men on the train lets loose with an expletive-ridden, hate-fueled rant. It's just the latest in what's become a disturbing pattern of xenophobic public attacks on people of color who are simply trying to use public transportation in peace. The out-of-control behavior makes Mitt Romney's "self-deportation" suggestion seem almost reasonable by comparison.
The U.K. Daily Mail reports:
The woman asks 'where do you come from? F****** like, f****** all over the world'. Footage of the incident emerged on YouTube on January 24 after a string of similar rants by women were made public last year. It is believed to have been filmed on January 23.
It shows the woman, whose name is not known, sitting between two Pakistani men.
After saying that they come from all over the world, she asks: 'I'd like to know if any of you are f****** illegal, I'm sure 30 per cent of you are. It's taking the f****** p***.'
The woman then becomes aggressive towards the Asian man sitting next to her. 'I hope they f****** catch up with you and shove you off,' she says.
She adds: 'I shall punch you in the f****** face. Ninety per cent of you are f****** illegal. I wouldn't mind if you loved our country.'
She says to another foreign traveler: 'This is what we've got to put up with … that's what we don't like about you people. I'll show you what kind of government lets people like you in.
Watch the video here. (Warning: NSFW.)
The video emerged after similar clips were uploaded onto the Internet, including one in which a drunk woman tried to punch a black passenger on a London bus but ended up falling over herself and then being thrown into the street.
A British Transport Police spokesman says BTP "treats all allegations of racism on the London Underground very seriously and would urge anyone with information about this incident to contact us."
Read more at the U.K. Daily Mail.